Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wolf of wall street

We rented The Wolf of Wall Street at Redbox last night. It was an okay movie, with some pretty funny parts, but overall it was pretty terrible content. If you want to see a show with drugs, naked women, and indulgent greed... this is a movie for you. DiCaprio gives an okay performance, I guess. He plays that typical "bad guy you feel sorta sorry for" character. But it was hard to feel too sorry for him. I hope I never meet someone like that in real life. Perhaps the funniest moment of the movie is when he thought he drove his Lamborghini home without it getting so much as a scratch... then the next morning he sees reality. :) That's about the truth.

Anyway, just some random thoughts at the end of a long, long week. We watched a movie at home on our TV where the sound cuts in and out. Yep.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jane's toothache

My poor wife was in some pretty serious pain yesterday. It was rather ironic that she actually had a dentist appointment to get a cavity filled, when at the same time a tooth on the other side of her mouth started hurting (it just started hurting a day or two before). When she went in to get the filling the dentist found that she had a bad infection around the other tooth, so he prescribed some penicillen and vicoden. He told her to double up on the penicillen last night, but she actually doubled up on the vicoden too because it hurt so bad. I felt bad for her. There's nothing like a toothache. It kind of makes the whole side of your face and head hurt. Hopefully the meds will start kicking in today so it won't hurt so bad. Then we'll have to decide whether to just get that tooth pulled or have a root canal done. Prayers would be appreciated for M'lady today.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Goodbye applebees

It appears we are done with Applebees. At least one in particular.

Probably 10+ years ago - while we were pastoring a church - we set out very intentionally to find a place where we could make some friends outside the church and where we could also be somewhat "normal" people. So we started going to this one Applebees on the same night, at roughly the same time, every week. Sure enough, it actually worked. It wasn't long before we noticed some of the same people coming there and working there. Pretty soon we developed friendships to varying degrees, and it soon came to be our 'place to go.' We would all meet up there, and we started doing things outside of our "applebees time." We went bowling together; visited other places together; etc. Eventually that turned into inviting people to our homes and having parties together and all sorts of fun stuff. I was always, and still am, amazed at how it actually kind of worked out. Many of those people are now among our very best friends. In fact, if it weren't for that group of friends, I'm not sure what Jane and I would have done this last year.

Anyway, apparently a rift developed between one of the servers there and a member of our group. It has kind of escalated to the point where... it's just not worth the hassle anymore. I kind of think you're supposed to support your friends in situations like this. So we've decided to cut ties and the group is in search of another central meeting spot. I'm sure we will all survive.

I have to say, though, that I'm surprised we all went there as much as we did. Sure, many of the employees there are very nice people - we will miss several of them who have become friends. But I don't know if it's the company as a whole, or just this one location, but they must have a strange management training program. While there are a couple of rare exceptions, for the most part, their managers are some of the most socially awkward and in many cases just downright rude people. Plus the menu at Applebees had really went down hill over the years.

So... that's about all I'm going to say about it. It was fun while it lasted. There are plenty of other places where food and drink are way cheaper, and the people are just as nice.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Brain cloud

I'm suffering from a brain cloud today. Not a real one - if that's a real thing - but just functioning real slow. I thought I just needed some coffee, but it hasn't helped. I just hung up on someone accidentally while trying to forward a call.

Anyway, I started the day at DuPont, but then had to go to Stellhorn to cover Drew 's afternoon off. I don't mind working at Stellhorn, but I didn't really think this was supposed to be my job. Oh well. I guess it is what it is. I have to work Friday afternoon and Saturday at the Downtown facility.

Not much else going on. Fortunately it's a slow day.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Takaoka, o's and comedy

We went to Takaoka for Japanese food with the group last night. It was Mike, Kenny, Dr. John, Amish John, and Dave & Joni. This was kind of a late celebration of Amish John's birthday. I think everyone there had a gift card from Mike, so everyone's supper ended up on him. :) I had the usual combo chicken/filet. It was also the usual gooood. I forced myself to not eat it all so I can have it, plus Jane's leftovers, for lunch today. I'm hoping the garage was cool enough last night because I left the leftovers on the garage step all night. I'm sure it's alright. Right?

Anyway, after supper, and looking over Dave & Joni's new vehicle, we (almost) all headed to O'Sullivans. It's kind of a tradition we've developed after our Takaoka trips. O's is an interesting place, and I actually like it a lot. Usually there are barely any people in there on a Sunday night, but tonight it was pretty busy. There is one room where the bar and tables are, and then on the other side is a room with a stage and a bunch of tables and booths. There's never been anything going on in the other room when we've been there. But tonight there was. It was a comedy night, where apparently different people took turns taking the stage and sharing jokes.

We didn't actually ever go in and listen to anyone, but there was a funny thing that happened to me. At least I thought it was funny. When we came down Main street I kind of thought I saw what looked like a young boy sitting on the bench in front of O's smoking a cigarette. I figured I must have just been seeing things and didn't think much about it. But when we went in, I really had to go to the bathroom, and to get to the men's room you have to walk into the room with the stage and go right in front of the stage to get there (the men's room is behind the stage). I still didn't know anything was going on in there, and when I went into the other room... there was this guy on stage telling jokes who had to be less than 4 feet tall. He wasn't a midget, I don't think, but he was really short and small. And I just kind of froze - not knowing what to do. I was struck by how short he was, and also by a room full of people, so I kind of just went back to our table and "held it." Finally I couldn't hold it any longer and I got the nerve to walk through the crowd to the restroom. Fortunately by that time a more normal-sized person was on stage. I don't know, it seemed funny to me at the time.

In the end it was a really nice day all the way around. On the way to church in the morning I said to Jane that I "just wasn't feeling it" that day. But it was a really good service. The message was a very basic "Waiting on God" sort of thing, and the music was kind of spectacular. I couldn't even sing for a lot of it. Then we had a nice lunch with the Feipel's, good conversations all around, it was a nice day, and a great night to wrap things up with.

So... yeah... that's pretty much what happened yesterday.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The grand budapest hotel

We were hungry for popcorn yesterday so we decided to take in a movie. Jane wanted to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. I hadn't even heard of it, and didn't realize it was a Wes Anderson movie until after it started. I'm glad we went, because I LOVE Wes's movies, and this one was a good and funny as all the others.

As far as a movie, I'm not sure what recommendation I would give. It's another one of those with no car chases, violence, or pretty girls... but if you like sly comedy and a good story... it's worth the popcorn. It had a ton of stars in it. Off the top of my head: Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Norton, Adrien Brodie, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, and... some others.

I am sort of a Wes Anderson newbie, but I have liked all his movies that I've seen: The Royal Tenebaums, Life Aquatic, Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, etc., etc.. I think most people either really like his movies, or they don't. They are definitely on the 'different' side. I like them. It was a nice time.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

What i get to enjoy today

Lately I've been trying to start each day by asking myself, "What do I get to enjoy today?" (rather than, "What do I have to do today?"). Today it's the fact that my son is preparing to take life to a different level and get his MDiv this fall at the grad school of his choice, my daughter-in-law gets to enrich the lives of a classroom full of young minds, my daughter is the most amazing mother I have ever known, I have the privilege of working with my son-in-law who is the top manager in the company, I am married to the most intelligent and beautiful woman on the face of the earth,  I have parents who continue to teach me what it means to be a human being making the world a better place, and I have a job that I look forward to going to. I will also get to enjoy lunch with my wife at our usual Saturday restaurant. So... What do you get to enjoy today?

Friday, April 04, 2014

The treasure chair

Okay, so I dug another "treasure" out of the garbage at the storage facility where I work. Carrie says I need an intervention. But this chair wasn't actually 'in' the garbage. Someone had kindly left it right beside the dumpster. And it's in really good shape. It doesn't look like anyone has even sat in it. Granted, it is not a high quality piece of furniture and it's not the prettiest pattern, but these smallish cushioned chairs that both rock and swivel are so hard to come by. I thought it might match the old small chair we have - but not so much. So, we'll see. The cat really seems to like it for some reason. She sits in it all the time and stands real tall like, "I like this chair. Good job, Dan." Although in this picture she is getting some heat from her spot in front of the register.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

I now know what my problem is

I am still trying to adjust to the 'feel' of my new eyeglasses. I went back again yesterday to have them adjusted once again. From the beginning they have been crooked on my head (slant down on the left side) and the earpiece doesn't stay in place on my right ear. The lady yesterday finally explained to me what my problem is: My head is crooked. My one ear sits higher and closer to the front of my face than my other ear, and my eyebrows aren't the same. So I think I'm just going to blame everything on that from now on. "Sorry, it's not my fault... My head is crooked." Besides the fact that I still don't know if I'm right-handed or left-handed. Yes, my friends, I am messed up. And I'm okay with that. At least my glasses are staying up on my face now.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

House-guests

We have had some very special house-guests a couple nights this week. Since Drew is at the self-storage convention in Vegas, and Carrie has to work 3 days a week from 4-8 am, Carrie and the kids have spent the night at our house Sunday night-Monday, and Tuesday night-today. Fortunately it has been nice outside, so we've played outside in the evenings. I think the kids have probably stayed up a little later than usual (including Carrie), but they've slept fairly well (or maybe it was me that slept fairly well). At any rate, it's fun having them around. Jane had Monday off so she was still here when the kids got up. Today she has an early meeting, so I will likely be fixing them breakfast and changing diapers. I'm glad I don't have to be at work until 9:30 so we can help out.


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Stellhorn week

I am working at the Stellhorn Crossing location all this week. I am subbing for the son-in-law while he is at a storage conference in... Las Vegas. Anyway, I don't mind. He has a nicer facility than I do. It's bigger and newer too. The only thing it lacks is a radio. Fortunately I remembered I can get Pandora on my Kindle Fire.

Yesterday I got Drew's golf cart out and picked up trash around the grounds. Man, what a beautiful day. I don't know how warm it finally got - somewhere in the 60's - but I went without my jacket. I was also happy that the morning started out kind of slow. Monday mornings are usually extremely busy at Dupont. I did get a little busy later in the day - I had two couples renting units and someone paying a bill all at the same time. That's the advantage of his nice big office. I also did all the end-of-month reports and whatnot. I suppose today I will need to do all the beginning-of-month stuff.

All-in-all it was a nice start to what I hope will be a nice week over on the east side of town.

Monday, March 31, 2014

You're okay

If you haven't seen the movie Captain Phillips and you plan to, then don't read any further or watch this clip from the end of it. When I wrote about watching it earlier I mentioned the ending, but not everything.

The first time I saw the movie, what brought me to tears was this final scene. It was the woman who kept saying, "You're okay"... "You're safe now"... You're okay." Again, not that what we have been through the past year was anything like what the real Captain Phillips had to endure, but what I think we have longed for the most while trying to deal with the pain and heartache is someone to simply do that for us... Someone to just tell us that "we're okay;" "everything will be alright."

Fear and doubt and pain are things we all have to deal with from time to time. They do not have to do us in, but they're sure a lot easier to manage when we have someone to assure us in those times. Someone willing to speak the truth that we know to be true, but we're just not fully able to process it ourselves at the time.

So... I was just thinking about this again on Sunday afternoon. We heard a great sermon on forgiveness. I think forgiveness (and reconciliation) is possible... but I/we sure could use someone to tell us "we're okay" from time to time. Call us weak if you will. It is what it is.

Here is the scene from the end of Captain Phillips: